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Queiron, Mi Lugar Vino de Quel, Rioja 2017 (1x75cl)

Country: Spain
Region: Rioja
Grape Variety: Tempranillo | Garnacha
Bottle Size: 75cl
ABV: 14.5%
Availability:9 in stock for same working day dispatch when ordered by 12pm
No further stock available
Product Code: SPRI1083B17S
£21.95

Awarded a Gold medal and 95 points at the 2021 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details).

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Rigorous selection of only the best fruit from high altitude vineyards, and from Bodegas Ontañón's new winery in the centre of Quel, has produced one of the new Rioja classifications: a Vino de Pueblo, which can only be produced from family-owned vineyards within a named village. 

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Queirón represents and adopts the philosophy of a family that has been committed to the world of wine for the last four generations. It is the fulfilment of the dream of Gabriel Pérez, vine grower and winery owner in Quel, and a pioneer in this area of La Rioja. It took him more than a decade to silently work on this new winery in order to recover traditional vineyards and sites around Quel and the foothills that climb up towards the Sierra de Yerga. This is a land whose winegrowing tradition dates back to the Middle Ages, as evidenced by a number of documents found in the Chapter House of the Cathedral of Calahorra, dating back to 1327.

Mi Lugar was created as a shining tribute to the tradition which the Pérez Cuevas family has been working to restore. The wine of Quel: genuine, proud and noble comes from a selection of small plots where only the best grapes are harvested and delivered to the winery of Queirón, which represents the ninth cave in a neighborhood full of Dionysus worshippers. A structure that stands as an homage to the traditional and hardworking townsfolk of Quel, immortalized through the words of the poet Don Manuel in his poem “Mi Lugar”, or “My Place”.

2017 was significantly marked by an unusual frost at the end of April, as well as by the great drought that continued throughout the entire vegetation period of the vine. This resulted in low production levels but offered fruit of the highest quality. Another defining characteristic of this growing year was that it was one of the earliest harvests on record due to the high temperatures recorded during the Summer months. In addition, the heat decimated pests and other diseases, which together contributed to low yields and helped to obtain wines of great structure and great aptitude.

Made exclusively with the best berries from each plot, there are three separate levels of selection made to achieve the quality and personality of Mi Lugar. The first selection process is made in the vineyards themselves, the second one is made when the grape bunches arrive at the winery and after destemming, and the third selection is made at the time of sorting each individual grape. Each step is carried out entirely by gravity flow, in order to take advantage of the traditional process in winemaking. From the time the grapes arrive at the winery, they are sorted by hand, and are then handled with minimal intervention and extreme care in protecting the integrity of the grapes themselves as well as the must and subsequently the wine itself from any unnecessary manipulation, such as mechanical pump overs. A prefermentation maceration is carried out for five days. The second step is an extended maceration, which is carried out gently and in a prolonged manner (more than 18 days), with temperatures between 22 and 26 deg C. Malolactic fermentation takes place in French oak barrels. Another essential characteristic to Mi Lugar is the 18 months it spends in very high quality barrels, of 20 percent American oak and 80 percent French oak, each with a differing level of toast. The final process before bottling culminates in aging the wine another six months in stainless stell tank, to further develop the quality of the wine that is to be born.

See also the blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.

Queiron, Mi Lugar Vino de Quel, Rioja 2017 - fiche technique

Tempranillo 90% and Garnacha 10%.

Pronounced aromas of ripe black fruit and blueberries, backed by spice, mocha, fig and balsamic notes. The palate is generous with complex bramble and plum fruit characters, well-integrated oak and bright acidity. Structured yet elegant.